Dan Hotchkiss

Dan Hotchkiss writes, consults, and speaks widely for congregations and other nonprofits. His specialties include board governance, strategic and financial planning, clergy transition, and fundraising. As a senior consultant for the Alban Institute for fourteen years, and now as an independent consultant, Dan has directly helped hundreds of congregations and related organizations in more than thirty denominational groups. Through his coaching, teaching, and writing, Dan touches the lives of an even wider range of leaders.

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No one fact says more about a group of human beings than its size. Dan Hotchkiss shares some of the differences in dynamics.

Video | By Dan Hotchkiss | December 19, 2019 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Change & Conflict, Membership Growth & Outreach

A congregation has to organize to make its big decisions in its best and deepest frame of mind: that’s governance. It needs to organize to focus limited resources on its most important goals: that’s ministry.

By Dan Hotchkiss | April 22, 2019 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Bylaws & Policies, Governance for Congregations

Congregational budget-makers frequently divide into two camps that approach the task in different ways. The first camp is likely to include children of the Great Depression, experts in finance, elementary school teachers, and persons anxious about their own money situation....

Leader Resource | By Dan Hotchkiss | March 20, 2017 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Governing Boards, Finance for Congregations, Leadership Development

When you understand the purpose of governance and what it needs to be effective, your work as a board becomes much clearer.

Video | By Dan Hotchkiss | March 16, 2017 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Bylaws & Policies, Governing Boards, Governance for Congregations
Book | By Dan Hotchkiss | From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
Tagged as: Leadership

At the opening of Unitarian Universalist worship services, many congregations light a flame inside a chalice. This flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work. The flaming chalice combines two...

Handout | By Dan Hotchkiss | October 27, 2011 | For High School | From A Chorus of Faiths
Tagged as: Beliefs & Principles, History, Human Rights, Identity, Justice, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Unitarian Universalism, Unitarianism

A congregation's owner isn't its board, minister, or members; it is its mission.

By Dan Hotchkiss | March 7, 2010 | From Ideas
Tagged as: UU Theology

The flaming chalice, ubiquitous among Unitarian Universalist churches, was first used by the Unitarian Service Committee.

By Dan Hotchkiss | April 30, 2001 | From Ideas
Tagged as: UU Identity

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